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    'I need nature, I need space': high-rise families rely on child-friendly neighbourhoods
    'I need nature, I need space': high-rise families rely on child-friendly neighbourhoods

    Children’s living environments in Australian capital cities have changed significantly in the past ten years. This is particularly the case for the growing numbers of families raising children in private, inner-city, high-rise housing.


    Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here's how Australian owners could cash in
    Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here's how Australian owners could cash in

    Everybody wants an energy-efficient home. After all, an energy-efficient home is comfortable to live in, without large energy bills. These can be important factors for prospective home owners or renters. Our review of international research found energy-efficient homes typically fetch a higher price.


    Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date
    Unbuilding cities as high-rises reach their use-by date

    We are entering a new world where skyscrapers and other huge buildings are becoming redundant and need significant overhaul or replacement. The process is called unbuilding or, if you’re a bit highfalutin, deconstruction.


    Before we rush to rebuild after fires, we need to think about where and how
    Before we rush to rebuild after fires, we need to think about where and how

    A primary school in East Gippsland was burnt down in the current bushfire crisis. While Premier Daniel Andrews immediately committed to rebuilding the school as it was, media reported the local CFA captain didn’t want it rebuilt.


    How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions
    How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions

    In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from the sun into electricity.


    So, you want to live tiny? Here's what to consider when choosing a house, van or caravan
    So, you want to live tiny? Here's what to consider when choosing a house, van or caravan

    The reasons for choosing to go tiny range from reducing debt, inability to afford a conventional home, the search for sustainability, a life crisis, or even preparing for an uncertain future in the face of climate change by going off-grid. Or perhaps a combination of these.


    Bushfire smoke is everywhere in our cities. Here's exactly what you are inhaling
    Bushfire smoke is everywhere in our cities. Here's exactly what you are inhaling

    As bushfire smoke blankets large parts of Australia, it’s time to examine what this complex chemical mixture is made of, to better understand what it’s doing to both our bodies and the planet.


    Australian building codes don't expect houses to be fire-proof - and that's by design
    Australian building codes don't expect houses to be fire-proof - and that's by design

    More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed in Australia since the start of the bushfire season. More will certainly be destroyed before the season ends in March. Could these houses have been built to better withstand fire?


    Our buildings aren't made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here's what you can do
    Our buildings aren't made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here's what you can do

    Since then, the rest of us have become far more aware of the hazards of bushfire smoke, and authorities have become more active in reminding us how dangerous it can be, especially during exercise. A standard piece of advice is to “spend more time indoors”.


    Batteries made with sulfur could be cheaper, greener and hold more energy
    Batteries made with sulfur could be cheaper, greener and hold more energy

    Lithium-ion batteries have changed the world. Without the ability to store meaningful amounts of energy in a rechargeable, portable format we would have no smartphones or other personal electronic devices. The pioneers of the technology were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for chemistry.


    The power of data in smart city developments
    The power of data in smart city developments

    Developments in data science and analysis have been beneficial in managing key social areas such as homelessness, healthcare and agriculture, writes Paul Budde.


    There's only one way to make bushfires less powerful: take out the stuff that burns
    There's only one way to make bushfires less powerful: take out the stuff that burns

    As monstrous blazes overwhelm Australia’s south-east, the need for a national bushfire policy has never been more urgent. Active land management such as hazard-reduction burning and forest thinning must lie at the core of any such policy.


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